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  1. #1
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    whoopsee!!

    ok, i dont know what i've done...but it aint good!!!
    whenever i try and open an executable file (.exe) it opens with notepad and all i get is a page full of gobbledegook!!

    umm...i really need help as i cant even system restore as thats also a .exe!!!

    can someone help me please??!!

  2. #2
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    Odds are good that you've done one of two possible things.

    If you have been changing file associations, you might have changed the launch association with EXE files. I don't think you can do this using normal tools like the Explorer, but you can definitely do it using registry edits.

    If you have installed "interesting" software either intentionally or as a victim of a "drive by download", odds are good that the software wasn't 64 bit aware. There is a relatively common registry hack used by many types of programs that "follow" EXE execution that will cause this behavior, although most of those seem to latch onto Media Player instead of NotePad.

    -PatP

  3. #3
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    Its a virus. I got it about two years ago.
    If it's not practically useful, then it's practically useless.

    blindman
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  4. #4
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    Just sound like an virus.

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